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Archives from May 2003
Who Is Next?
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
The events of September 11, 2001, gave the so-called neo-cons a perfect opportunity to realize an old dream: the US subjugation of Iraq. Before this subjugation, however, the neo-cons prepared the grounds by engaging in an incessant and massive campaign about the...
The Economics of Health Care in America
YVES ENGLER
There were demonstrations of 600,000 people in Paris and 90,000 in Germany this past Sunday. Strikes have paralyzed both France and Austria recently. In Peru on Tuesday President Alejandro Toledo declared a 30-day state of emergency and sent troops into the street...
Ayatollah Rumsfeld’s Busy Week
WAYNE MADSEN
America’s Ayatollah, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, has borrowed liberally from the late Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini in ordering the Palestinian Authority’s diplomatic mission to be seized by American troops. On May 29, U.S. troops in Baghda...
A Duet of the People
GILA SVIRSKY
Oh, Mother Jerusalem, You lie there naked with fear, A mermaid in an enchanted bed, A wall encircling you, Burning like a candle from within, But the houses–locked shut In loneliness and tears. I...
Bush’s Illegal War
DANIEL BACHER
Burns Weston, Director of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights and a leading authority on international human rights law, contends that the U.S. and British war in Iraq was completely illegal, according to the existing body of international law regarding...
Wasted at the Pentagon
STANDARD SCHAEFER
The Bush administration recently shelved a report commissioned by the Treasury that shows the US currently faces a future of chronic federal budget deficits totaling at least $44,200bn in current US dollars . Shortly before this, the San Francisco Chronicle publis...
Wake Up America
ELAINE CASSEL
I teach law and psychology, and also do a good deal of public speaking, mostly to lawyers, educators, and social workers. Since September 11, 2001, I have been watching closely what the Bush dictatorship is doing at home and abroad. I continue to be disgusted and ...
Barbra Streisand Environmental Hypocrite
CHRIS CLARKE
In the on-stage preamble to his song "Love Me, I’m A Liberal," the late Phil Ochs used to describe the classic liberal as "ten degrees to the left of center when times are good; ten degrees to the right of center if it affects them personally....
Yo Democrats! Wake Up!
JASON LEOPOLD
Hey you! Tom Daschle. WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You’ve been taking Tylenol PM again haven’t you? I knew it. I told you that stuff makes you groggy. Get your punk ass out of bed and get back to work. And this time don’t forget to dust off your balls,...
A Duet of the People
GILA SVIRSKY
Oh, Mother Jerusalem, You lie there naked with fear, A mermaid in an enchanted bed, A wall encircling you, Burning like a candle from within, But the houses–locked shut In loneliness and tears. I...
Cops of the World
STEW ALBERT
Our troops will not be coming home just yet seems like Iraq isn’t really ready for Rummy’s Empire of Arabia. Occupied but not defeated its army hiding out in T Shirts its Shiites growling in the streets. The national lootatho...
Bush’s Tax Cuts
ROBERT FREEMAN
Insanity, said Albert Einstein, is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. By this measure, the latest Bush tax cuts qualify as certifiably insane. Where have we seen this deranged fiscal strategy before? Remember Ronald R...
Clinton, Bush, Lies and Impeachment
DAVE LINDORFF
Everyone agreed that it was not the sex. It was the lying, right? If having extramarital sex in the White House were an impeachable offense, the impeachment of presidents would long ago have become a routine affair. We’d have seen Roosevelt, Ike, Kennedy, Jo...
Recolonizing Iraq
TARIQ ALI
Unsurprisingly, the Security Council has capitulated completely, recognised the occupation of Iraq and approved its re-colonisation by the United States and its bloodshot British adjutant. The timing of the mea culpa by the ‘international community’ wa...
Behind the Neo-Con Curtain
NORMAN MADARASZ
Much ink has been spilt of late on the role played by philosopher Leo Strauss (d. 1973) on the education of a number of prominent neoconservative ideologues who now occupy key intelligence and advisory positions in the Bush administration. It is ironic to see the ...
The Day of the Jackals
ARUNDHATI ROY
Editors’ Note: ARUNDHATI ROY has become one of the best-known voices of the international opposition to George W. Bush’s war on the world. A former film designer, actor and screenplay writer in India, Roy is the author of the nove...
Anti-Imperialism, Then and Now
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Fred H. Harrington is a forgotten name to many, though there was a time when he was a big name in American letters. His academic specialty was American diplomatic history, which he taught at University of Wisconsin before becoming that school’s president in ...
Weapons of Mass Destruction: Who Said What When
CounterPunch Wire
Every day Saddam remains in power with chemical weapons, biological weapons, and the development of nuclear weapons is a day of danger for the United States. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-CT, September 4, 2002 Simply stated, there is no doubt...
Vouchers for Jesus
KIMBERLY BLAKER
This month, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) filed suit over a recently approved Denver County voucher program in violation of Colorado’s constitution, the first voucher program to pass since the Supreme Court ruling one-year ago that...
Does It Matter That the Bush Administration Lied?
TOM STEPHENS
"I don’t believe anyone that I know in the administration ever said that Iraq had nuclear weapons." - Donald Rumsfeld, May 14, 2003 "We believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons." ...
The Strategist and the Philosopher
ALAIN FRACHON And DANIEL VERNET
Translated for CounterPunch by Norman Madarasz. Who are the neoconservatives playing a vital role in the US president’s choices by the side of Christian fundamentalists? And who were their master thinkers, Albert Wohlstetter and Leo Strau...
The Devil’s Advocate
GARY LEUPP
  Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. You make use of the post 9-11 fear and anger to implement plans for change in Southwest Asia and the Arab world that you, and your colleagues in...
Trivializing Terrorism
JOANNE MARINER
Call it a politically convenient coincidence of timing. Or else be blunt, connect the dots, and call it a political favor. In the wake of Spain’s support for the war in Iraq, and with Spanish elections upcoming, the State Department recently announced the ad...
Gravity’s End Zone
ADAM ENGEL
I’m bad. Bad to the bone-marrow. B-b-b-bad. Nevertheless – and how’s this for "Un-American" sour grapes? – THE MAN is so deep inside my head I can’t even croak-out without melodrama, without conjuring up some fantasy ...
The Bad Fence
NEVE GORDON
Jerusalem. Although Mazmuriah is located less than 20 minutes drive from my Jerusalem apartment, all roads connecting the small village to the city have been blocked off. Using roundabout roads which wind across the hilly terrain of the southern Jeru...